I first got hearing aids in the mid-90’s. I compared digital and analog, and I liked the analog better, although everyone raved about the digital. I just felt I could hear better with analog. They were CIC aids. They broke down a few years ago, and I wanted to get some new aids. I have mild to moderate hearing loss. I went to Costco last month and had a hearing test. The results:
They let me try a behind the ear aid at Costco. I got a similar feeling to the old digital aids from the 90’s. I started looking around the web for alternatives and ran into exsilent sold by century. They had two models, the Q leaf pro made for your specific hearing loss, and the Q leaf go, which is not custom made for your hearing loss. The go was substantially less expensive and there was a 30 day free trial so I gave it a go. I call these things hearing aids, but technically since they are not custom made for my hearing loss, they are not really hearing aids.
I can make the aids go deep in my canal if I use some oil in my ears, but they aren’t very comfortable that way. I prefer to just have the tip of the sleeve in my ear canal. I have to cut off the piece used to grab the aid for removal when it is deep in the ear, but the aids are still not very noticeable with this configuration.
For me, these hearing aids are fantastic. There is no door that the battery slides into, just pull back the sleeve and insert or remove the batteries-piece of cake. The sound quality is excellent, much better than the aids I tried at Costco, but please remember my experience with digital versus analog. The tap technology is awesome, I love not having to manipulate some dial or button on the hearing aid to adjust the level.
The only question now is durability. I’ll let you know how that goes.